Self-directed Support Strategy 2010-2020: Implementation Plan 2016-2018
This implementation plan renews the vision for self-directed support and sets out actions to address current challenges.
Strategic Outcome 2
Workers are confident and valued
People who work in health and social care have increased skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver Self-directed Support and understand its implications for their practice, culture and ways of working.
What has changed?
Over phases 1 and 2 of the Self-directed Support Strategy we have observed that:
- Workers and operational managers tell us they have increased skills, knowledge and confidence in implementing Self-directed Support.
- Workers and operational managers are recognised and supported to deliver strength based, outcomes-focused support for individuals.
- Social care providers are changing the way that they organise and deliver support, adopting a more person-centred, outcomes-focused approach.
- Organisations have fostered a culture of continual learning and development and reflective practice.
- Technology is being used more effectively to share information and innovations across a diverse workforce.
What we will do during 2016-18 to facilitate change
The Scottish Government will:
- Continue to invest in SSSC Integration and Self-directed Support workforce development programme to build the confidence and capacity of workers in health and social care partnerships for problem solving and improvement approaches.
- Continue to invest in Social Work Scotland programme to
support the integrated partnership workforce to better understand
- Continue to invest in Providers and Personalisation (P&P), a policy and practice change programme hosted by CCPS. The programme will deliver workshops and events to share practice; discuss and address challenges; and explore the application of Self-directed Support in new service areas www.ccpscotland.org/pp/.
- Continue to invest in the 21 projects of the Innovation Fund to enable third sector organisations to promote culture change that will enable more flexible and creative social care support.
- Review the actions in the Vision and Strategy for Social Services to create a socially just Scotland with excellent social services delivered by a skilled and valued workforce.
We will know this outcome is being achieved when:
- There is a shared understanding across the whole workforce, including for example finance and administration, of what Self-directed Support is and how it can work.
- The workforce and supported people feel more confident in managing risk together, and develop a culture that supports innovation and creativity. This will balance the need for protection and compliance with legislation.
- There is an understanding of how to support practice which is focused on assets, personal outcomes and prevention is widespread, within the context of reduced public funding.
- More communities will be engaged in addressing needs within their communities.
- There will be a sustainable social care workforce who are equipped and endorsed to work collaboratively and develop partnerships at both a local and national level.
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